Overseas Workplace Spokesperson Zahid Hussain Chaudhri. Picture: File

Pakistan’s Overseas Workplace on Monday refuted Afghanistan’s claims that the  Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) doesn’t function on its soil and stated that proof suggests in any other case as there are over 5,000 TTP members in Afghanistan.

“During the last a few years, TTP has launched a number of ugly terrorist assaults inside Pakistan utilizing the Afghan soil with none retribution from its hosts,” a press release issued on this regard stated.

Citing the 12th Report of the UN Monitoring Staff issued in June 2021, the overseas workplace stated that the TTP is understood to have “distinctive anti-Pakistan aims,” whereas the report notes its location inside Afghanistan “close to the border with Pakistan”.

“The TTP, following its orchestrated reunification with its splinter teams with the assistance of Hostile Intelligence Companies (HIAs), its continued presence in Afghanistan with impunity and its cross-border assaults towards Pakistan, pose a persistent menace to our safety and stability,” the assertion stated.

The assertion additional added that Pakistan’s dedication to combating terrorism in all its kinds and manifestations, with none discrimination, is unwavering and unambiguous.

“Pakistan has continued to emphasize the necessity for significant engagement with the Afghan aspect for addressing safety and terrorism points by efficient use of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Motion Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).”

Per the Overseas Workplace, Pakistan has been making “severe and honest efforts for facilitating the intra-Afghan peace course of for an inclusive political settlement.”

“We hope that Afghans would seize this chance for reaching lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.”

‘Afghan govt fights towards TTP like another terrorist group’

A day in the past, the Afghanistan Ministry of Overseas Affairs had issued a press release, saying that the “Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is neither based in Afghanistan nor operates on its soil.”

“In response to the nationwide safety coverage of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, this motion, together with different terrorist teams, is recognised because the enemy of peace, stability, and prosperity in Afghanistan and the area, and the Afghan authorities fights towards this terrorist outfit like another terrorist group with out discrimination.”

The Afghan authorities had issued the assertion after Inside Minister Sheikh Rasheed had stated that Pakistan hoped that the TTP wouldn’t be allowed to function in Afghanistan.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically stated that we [Pakistan] won’t give any bases to america to make use of towards Afghanistan,” he stated whereas talking to the media in Islamabad on Saturday.

“…However we additionally anticipate from [Afghan] Taliban that they won’t permit TTP [Tehreek-e-Pakistan Taliban] and different components to hold out any exercise which causes hurt to the lives and property of Pakistani individuals,” he had stated, as reported by The Specific Tribune. 

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